This post about the writing process is part of a “blog tour”. Check out the original post at https://dailyceil.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/sentence-level-editing-2/.
I’ve been writing dark flash fiction since 2011, when I entered a piece in a local contest and won it.
It was a totally unexpected honor, and I might have been addicted to the flash fiction format and light-horror genre combination just for that. But as part of the contest, I had the opportunity to read my piece at a Halloween event sponsored by the writing group.
About 20 people showed up at Historic Hannastown, where we gathered in one of the preserved log cabins from the late 18th century. It was a wonderful setting, and in the fall – with dank air and musty, wet autumn leaves – it was perfect for scary stories.
As the piece I was reading reached its climax, a woman in the audience gasped. I’ll never forget that. It’s so powerful when you can reach a person on an emotional level that’s so evocative…
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